HTC Unveils Butterfly: Can Global Version of Droid DNA Smash Samsung Galaxy Note 2?

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HTC has silently launched the global version of its 5 inch smartphone known as Droid DNA in US and J Butterfly in Japan. After several speculations, the handset is officially announced for the international markets with the name HTC Butterfly instead of Deluxe.

Soon after launching the smartphone in China, the Taiwanese tech giant has listed the device on its global website, thereby making it evident that the global markets will also get the smartphone under HTC Butterfly name.

HTC Unveils Butterfly: Global Version of Droid DNA Hits Galaxy Note 2


Have a look at the key specifications of Butterfly below.

Dimensions & Weight: Butterfly boasts a dimension of 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm and weighs around 140 grams.

Display: When it comes to display, the handset packs a 5 inch LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection.

Processor: In this segment, Butterfly is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

Operating System: Butterfly runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS topped with HTC Sense 4+ UI.

Camera: In terms of camera optics, Butterfly sports an 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and 2.1MP front camera for video calling.

Storage: Butterfly comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional storage.

Connectivity: Speaking of data connectivity, the handset comes packed with HDMI out, micro-USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

Battery: HTC Butterfly is powered by a 2,020mAh battery.

Pricing & Availability

As of now, there is no word on the pricing and availability of the handset in India, but tech experts predict that it will make its way into the market early next year.

Competition with Samsung Galaxy Note 2

HTC Butterfly being a 5 inch handset, it can be categorized as a phablet with potential rivals including LG Optimus Vu, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Apple iPhone 5. However, Galaxy Note 2 being the hottest selling device in the phablet category with a sales figure of 5 million in three months might definitely will feel insecure with the announcement of Butterfly with a 1080p display having 440 ppi.

Detailing on Galaxy Note 2, the phablet based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS has a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, improved S-Pen stylus 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB/32GB/32GB on-board storage, micro SD card slot supporting 32GB, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth with A2DP and a massive 3,100 mAh Li-ion battery.

At the same time, Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with the unique advantage of S-pen digitizer. However, the HTC offering lacks one, which is considered quite essential by most users for a large screen devices.

Anyways, in the end it all depends on the performance, pricing and consumer feedback are the major selling points for any device and hence, the tech world will have to wait for the release of Butterfly to analyze these factors.

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